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39 convicts freed from Mombasa jails

Friday March 27 2020

Shimo La Tewa Prison in Shanzu, Mombasa. FILE

Shimo La Tewa Prison in Shanzu, Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

PHILIP MUYANGA
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Thirty nine prisoners have been released from jails in Mombasa in a decongestion effort by the prisons department.

The convicts were serving sentences of three years and below, officials said.

"The list (of prisoners) will continuously be updated as and when revisions are determined by respective judges," said Mombasa Law Court's Deputy Registrar Christine Ogweno.

According to Ms Ogweno, the exercise is still ongoing and will include files from Shanzu and Kwale courts.

At the same time, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti and Ms Ogweno were on Friday set to review bonds and cash bails given to various suspects in a bid to decongest prisons.

The exercise was expected to be conducted in video conference.

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The courts have been holding sessions via videos in efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus.